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Herbal Medicine Making Kit



Herbal Study Group at Luna Farm
“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners”.
-John Holt

Pre-registration is required. To register, go to our Meet Up page.

Please bring something nutritious/wholesome to share for after we are done. This is the time we use to discuss what we’ve experimented with and answer any questions you might have. It’s also a great time to get to know one another!

Click here to see 2005′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2006′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2007′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2008′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2009′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2010′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2011′s archived Study Group notes.

Click here to see 2012′s archived Study Group notes.

 

Study Group 2013

Topics will vary monthly. Some months we will focus on 1 herbs, some months we’ll take a walk and learn about many. The study group will include reading the lesson, doing ‘experiments, discussing further study and advanced work options (that each person will do on their own at home over the course of the month), and ending with group discussion on general topics while enjoying refreshments. Each month we will discuss what was taught/studied the previous month before starting a new lesson.

2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This year’s line up:

May – Herb Walk

June – Comfrey

July – No Class

August – Prunella

September -

October -

November -

December - 

June 12, 2013 – Comfrey

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Tonight we got close and personal with Comfrey, one of my favorite herbs for healing cuts, dissolving scars and healing the body after surgery. We talked about the medicinal uses of both Comfrey root and leaf, the proper times to harvest and how to make healing remedies from this amazing plant. Everyone who attended was able to make their own tincture to take home with them and got to try infusions and teas made with both fresh and dried Comfrey leaf.

Get the handout here.

August 14, 2013 - Prunella

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Tonight we headed back to the Prunella patch which grows behind the orchard in the low area that is usually damp and sometimes filled with standing water. Though mosquitos are often abundant, so is the Prunella as that is where she likes to grow!

Prunella is often referred to as Carpenter’s Weed, Heal All, Self Heal or All Heal which gives a great indication of what she is used for.

Get the handout here.

Sign up to receive monthly reminders about the study group: To register, go to our Meet Up page.

Herbal Remedy Workshops at Collinsville Public Library
4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
 

April – Backyard herbs: Using the Weeds that Grow in Your Yard

May 22- Making Herbal Vinegars

June 26- Making Herbal Tinctures

July – No Class

August 28- Making Herbal Oils

September 25- Making Herbal Salves

October 23 – Making Herbal Teas and Infusions

November 27- Making Herbal Honeys

December – no class

 

April 24, 2013 - Using the Weeds that Grow in Your Backyard

 

Tonight we had a great time exploring the wild plants behind the Blum House! We harvested Burdock leaf stalks, Nettles, Chickweed, Cleavers, Daylily, Catnip and Dock and cooked up a sauté along with some Dandelion leaves, flowers and buds, Violet flowers and leaves, Onion and Garlic for a delicious treat!

We also took a look at Motherwort and Elder growing nearby and discussed how to eat Thistles.

Next month we’ll be making Herbal vinegars! Bring an 8 oz jar or two and some organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s is my favorite choice unless I can get locally made ACV) or your favorite vinegar and we’ll make some vinegars from the local “weeds”!

Get the handout here.

May 22, 2013 - Making Herbal Vinegars

Tonight we discussed the purpose and value of herbal vinegars then harvested a variety of plants from the wild garden behind the Blum house to make vinegars. Nettles and Catnip were very popular choices.

Get the hand out here.

Next month we’ll be learning about herbal tinctures/extracts and how to make them. Please bring your own vodka, brandy or grain alcohol and a small jar.

Jun 26, 2013 – Making Herbal Tinctures

Tonight we headed behind the Blum house to harvest some herbs to make herbal tinctures with. My how things had grown! We found Elderflower, Nettles, Catnip and Motherwort for tincture making.

Get the hand out here.

Next time we’ll learn about the uses of herbal infused oils and make an oil from a selection of dried herbs that I’ll be supplying. Please bring your own oil (coconut or olive are great choices) and a small (4 – 8 oz) jar.

July 2013 – No Class

 

August 28, 2013 – Making Herbal Oils

Tonight we discussed the uses of herbal oils, various oils for infusing and the best method for making infused oils. I brought along a variety of dried herbs for folks to choose from and start their own infused oil from.

Get the hand out here.

Next month we’ll be making herbal salves. Please bring your strained, infused oil to class and a small (4 – 8 oz) widemouthed jar. Jelly jars work great for a salve container.

September 25, 2013 – Making Herbal Salves

October 23,2013 – Making Herbal Teas and Infusions

 

November 27, 2013 - Making Herbal Honeys

 

December 2013 – No Class

 

 

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